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March 13, 2006 Everybody seems to be heading to Phoenix. But why? The heat can be intolerable, and there's no defining cultural tradition. But people keep coming. And they are bringing with them some of the same problems -- rising costs and traffic jams -- that they moved to Phoenix to escape.
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March 14, 2006 Phoenix has become the biggest gathering point and distribution hub for people migrating to the United States from Mexico. The influx has produced a culture clash because, until recently, Phoenix wasn't really deeply rooted in the Southwest: It was never a Mexican-American melting pot like Albuquerque or San Antonio.
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March 15, 2006 Driving north from Phoenix, you pass one huge retirement community after another: Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Grand. For decades, these communities have represented the cutting edge of retirement life. These days, that means satisfying the baby-boomer generation's quest for constant activity.
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